Now that Hillary Clinton has lost the 2016 presidential election, CNN commentator Van Jones is predicting that the Clinton’s influence over the Democratic Party is over, and that a new generation of leadership will take over the party.
“You have to understand, I think that the Clinton days are over,” Jones said in an interview with Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” last Sunday. “This idea that we’re going to be this moderate party that’s going to move in this direction, that’s going to throw blacks under the bus for criminal justice reform, and for prison expansion, that’s going to throw workers under the bus for NAFTA, those days are over.”
Jones also said that Kamela Harris, the Democratic Senator-elect from California, is “unreal.”
“She’s going to be out there defending those DREAMer kids because they’re a big part of her constituency,” he said. “But she’s got African-American roots. She’s got Asian roots. She’s female. She’s tough. She’s smart. She’s going to become a big deal.”
Jones, who formerly worked in the Obama administration, commented on the importance of Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, who is the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.
“I think that Keith Ellison is very important because he is somebody who represents the progressive wing of the party,” he said. “One thing that happened, when Hillary Clinton had a chance to make a VP pick, she didn’t pick someone from the progressive wing, which made it much harder to heal those wounds with the (Bernie) Sanders and Elizabeth Warren wing. Keith Ellison represents that wing very, very well.”
Ellison is also running to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
“You also, I think, have to remember that Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are going to be there on the Senate floor every day. That’s going to be an important part,” Jones added.